Today more than ever employers need people who add value to the team. It’s no longer acceptable to just show up and handle your to-do list. You have to make a conscious effort to demonstrate that you’re committed to your department and the company’s success as a whole.
Where do you begin? Below are a few tips from PrideStaff, one of Phoenix’s leading employment firms, to increase your value at work:
If there’s a current or potential issue your employer is facing, identify it and provide an intelligent solution. When you do, you’ll be able to help your company sharpen their competitive edge, which is especially critical during these challenging times.
Do more than what’s required from your job description. Whether it’s helping a fellow co-worker who’s struggling to get work done, or offering to take on a new initiative, you’ll make yourself more indispensable, as a result.
Sharpen your skills.
When you’re handling the same work day in and out, it’s easy for your career to grow stagnant. To avoid this happening, look for ways to sharpen existing skills, as well as gain new ones. This will help you become a go-to expert for your current employer and more marketable in future job searches.
Identify where you excel.
Knowing your strengths is key to adding value. If these areas are only a small part of what you do each day, ask your boss for projects that better play to them. You’ll be more successful on the job, as well as happier too, all while enhancing your value.
In today’s world of emails and Zoom meetings, it can be easy to lose touch. But relationships are just as important as they’ve always been. It’s why you should focus on building strong ones, trying to get to know your boss and co-workers on a more personal level. If you’re working remotely, check in with them regularly. If you’re in the office, then connect in-person.
Your work quality is vitally important to your company’s bottom line. To protect it, it’s ok to say “no” to your boss to new responsibilities as long as you offer an explanation. Be flexible too. Tell them you’d be happy to take on new work, as long as they delegate one of your tasks or projects to another employee.
Are you ready to move on and add value to another company?